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MICHIGAN GENEALOGY TRAILS

We hope you have a great time visiting us at Genealogy Michigan Trails. Lets all explore the places and areas of Michigan that our ancestors chose to settle in. This should prove to be an exciting journey, it will be fun, and along the way we will all get a better understanding of Michigan. It will be a step back in time as we get to know the people that created Michigan and formed it into the beautiful State it now is. We want to encourage anyone who has Michigan ties & connections to get in touch with us to share your contributions and especially the old history, the information that you can find about all the pioneer families, and naturally - some of the Indian History that is so important to this State. We're also looking for Obituaries, Biographies and County History.. just about everything is helpful.

WE REGRET THAT WE ARE UNABLE TO DO PERSONAL RESEARCH FOR YOU.

We don't live in Michigan so we don't have the resources but mostly we just don't have the time needed to do a good job for you.

 


Michigan Information

The State of Michigan was admitted to the Union on January 26, 1837.

The name "Michigan" is derived from a Chippewa Indian word "meicigama" meaning "great water" and refers to the Great Lakes which hug the shores of the State. Michigan is said to have been first discovered around 1610 and inhabited by the Indians. In the mid 1700's it was claimed by the French - but was ceded to the British until the Revolution when it became part of the United States but we didn't take full possession of it until 1796 and shortly thereafter it became part of the Northwest Territory. Then from 1800 to 1805 it was connected with the Ohio and the Indian Territories. The first American settlers began settling in Michigan about 1796, coming from England but it was not until about 1818 that an appreciable amount of settlers was noticed. 1818 was the first public land sales and the work on the erie Canal attracted many. The completion of the Canal in 1825 added stimula to the immigrants. Its about this time that many came to work on the road construction heading toward Chicago. By 1840 the immigration increased to such an extent that about half of the southern peninsula was cultivated. From 1840 - 1890 there were tens of thousand of workers who came to work in the lumber and mining camps.

 

COUNTY LIST

ALCONA

ALGER

ALLEGAN

ALPENA

ANTRIM

ARENAC

BARAGA

BARRY

BAY
Host- Brenda Wiesner

BENZIE

BERRIEN
Host- Karen Syed

BRANCH

CALHOUN

CASS

CHARLEVOIX

CHEBOYGAN

CHIPPEWA

CLARE

CLINTON

CRAWFORD

DELTA

DICKINSON

EATON

EMMET

GENESEE

GLADWIN

GOGEBIC

GR. TRAVERSE
Host - Alanna Fitzgerald

GRATIOT
Host-Jamie Freed

HILLSDALE

HOUGHTON

HURON

INGHAM

IONIA

IOSCO

IRON

ISABELLA

JACKSON
Host-Jan Stypula

KALAMAZOO

KALKASKA

KENT
Host-Karen Syed

KEWEENAW

LAKE

LAPEER

LEELANAU

LENAWEE

LIVINGSTON

LUCE

MACKINAC

MACOMB

MANISTEE

MARQUETTE

MASON

MECOSTA

MENOMINEE

MIDLAND

MISSAUKEE

MONROE

MONTCALM

MONTMORENCY

MUSKEGON

NEWAYGO

OAKLAND

OCEANA

OGEMAW
Host - Jay Hall

ONTONAGON

OSCEOLA

OSCODA

OTSEGO

OTTAWA
Host- Brenda Wiesner

PRESQUE ISLE

ROSCOMMON

SAGINAW
Host- Brenda Wiesner

SAINT CLAIR

ST. JOSEPH

SANILAC

SCHOOLCRAFT

SHIAWASSEE

TUSCOLA

VAN BUREN

 

WASHTENAW

WAYNE

WEXFORD

 


MICHIGAN INFORMATON

Biographies

County Origins

County Formation Dates and Seats

Courthouses

Death Index 1897 - 1920

Dutch Settlements

Early State History 1869

Early Michigan History

Emigrants Message 1845

State Timeline

Facts & Trivia

Governors

Legislature

Lighthouses

Military

The War of 1812
Pensioners of 1840

The Civil War
The Civil War Dead
The Civil War (H. Roach)
Soldiers of the Great War
Reconstruction 1888
Korean Casualties
Iraq War Casualties
MI Soldiers Living In Iowa

Milk Industry

News Articles

Primer of Michigan History
By Wm. J. Cox 1886

Prohibition Movement

SCHOOLS

Alpha Sigma Fraternity
Colleges & Universities
Eastman National College
Hart School-One Room

Pioneer in Education
University of MI 1858

State News - 1822
State News - 1824
State News - 1869
Michigan State Flag

Today in History

Tombstone Symbols

A Trip to Michigan 1841

Underground RR in Michigan

Women's History

The Winnebago Visit D.C.

UPDATES 2016
Updates from 2014

Updates from 2015

MICHIGAN HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS

First Social Reunion 24 June 1874

BENCH AND BAR OF MICHIGAN
THE SUPREME COURT

Edited by Judges Samuel T. Douglas and Benjamin F. Graves 1897 

 

 

The History of Michigan 1882

From "The History of Macomb County", 1882

CHAPTER 1 & 2

HISTORIC MICHIGAN
Land of the Great Lakes
Author: George Newman Fuller, 1873-1957.
In Two Volumes edited by George N. Fuller

HISTORY of the UPPER PENINSULA of MICHIGAN

A. T. Andreas, Proprietor. 1883.

THE IRON HUNTER
by Chase S. Osborn
The 1919 autobiography of Michigan governor Chase S. Osborn


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With thanks to the memory of Christine Walters, host of this state for many years.



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